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Siem Reap province is in the north-western region of Cambodia and is a major tourist destination due to the millennium-old ruins of Angkor and the incredible Angkor Wat, an expansive World Heritage Temple complex. This region is also home to other Khmer ruins, such as Beang Mealea and Bantaey Srei.
Siem Reap has a thriving tourism industry providing jobs for both locals and expats. The education sector, western bars, and guesthouses also provide employment to expats as well as English teaching jobs and managerial positions.
To cater to the increasing number of visiting tourists each year, and to expats that are living here long-term, the city offers a whole range of lifestyle facilities: 5-star resorts, boutique hotels, budget stays, a wide choice of residential properties, diverse dining options, traditional shopping, and effervescent nightlife.
Learn more about the Siem Reap villa market through trends and average prices.
Siem Reap has a wide choice of housing options; from single apartments or condos to shared apartments, traditional shophouses and villas.
Villas are categorized into standalone villas, twin villas, modern villas, boutique villas, colonial villas, and furnished and unfurnished villas. Most of the villas come with spacious balconies and a small private garden. Luxury villas come with swimming pools.
Villas are available in different sizes, from as small as a Studio villa to as large as six or seven bedroom villa. Their prices will vary depending on their size, amenities, and location. They range anywhere between $46,000 for a room in shared villa to as high as $3,400,000 for a villa in the Angkor Thom district.
Siem Reap has many areas suitable for the needs of different people. Listed below are some of the popular areas of the city
The hospitality business is the biggest in the province and the Angkor temples is the major tourist attraction. Art and handicrafts are also popular, and efforts are being taken to maintain and develop the industry for the next generation and you can see many art galleries and even small stalls with artists showcasing their work.
Many NGOs exist here to uplift the community suffering the effects of war and landmines. If you want to enjoy the performing arts of Cambodia, then the circus show of Phare is the show to see. The group puts on an amazing show blending music, juggling, and gymnastics, along with traditional and modern theatre.
There are plenty of restaurants offering cheap to expensive food. If you plan to cook at home, there are several supermarkets as well as the local markets which offer fruits, vegetables, and dry food to get your shopping from.
Expats in Siem Reap lead an active life, heading to the gym to keep fit as there are several good gyms available. For medical facilities, you have a few good hospitals where simple and regular treatments can be performed and the cost of medical care is very cheap in this city.
Siem Reap has a busy international airport with daily flights to Ha Noi, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and many other destinations.
The distinctive massage tradition of Cambodia is kept alive in Siem Reap in the dozens of massage parlors across the city, particularly in the Old Market Area. Another tradition is to treat the guests to an Apsara Dance Performance, which is an important Khmer culture.
Other recreational activities in the city include sightseeing tours or a cruise on the Tonle Sap Lake and bird watching in the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary on the lake.